Sega Releases Mega Drive Pre-Loaded with Sonic the Hedgehog and 80 More Classic Games

Just two weeks after Nintendo’s announcement of its Classic Mini retro console, Sega has licensed 80 classic games to be released in a pre-loaded console to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its popular Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.

Unlike the Nintendo’s NES console, the offering from Chinese manufacturer At Games lacks much of the retro look and feel of the original Sega console while at the same time not incorporating more modern features like an HDMI connection. The Mega Drive will use AV cables so you had better have a retro TV to play your retro games on.

Another key difference is that the NES console is made by Nintendo while the Mega Drive is a Sega licensed product manufactured by At Games, a company with a long history of releasing retro games and consoles. At Games also has a long history of poor quality hardware and atrocious rendering as outlined by USGamer.

On the plus side for the Mega Drive, it will come with more than double the number of games the NES will come equipped with and the Mega Drive will allow for cartridges to be played while the NES will only allow the games that are pre-loaded. Sega’s console comes with a pair of wireless controllers where the NES only has one wired controller.

At Games is releasing two Sega products; a console (shown above) and a portable unit (seen below). The portable system features a 3.2-inch display and includes a rechargeable battery with a USB charger. Both games are available for pre-order from FunStockRetroUK for $65 and will be released in October 2016. A US release date has not been announced.

 

Image (c) At Games, Sega

Sega Mega Drive Portable

Full List of Sega Mega Drive Games

These are the games that will come pre-loaded on both the console and the portable Mega Drive

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
Alien Storm
Altered Beast
Arrow Flash
Bonanza Bros.
Chakan: The Forever Man
Columns
Columns III
Comix Zone
Crack Down
Decap Attack
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
Mya Master Mind
Skeleton Scale
ESWAT: City Under Seige
Eternal Champions
Fatal Labyrinth
Flicky
Gain Ground
Golden Axe
Golden Axe II
Golden Axe III
Jewel Master
Kid Chameleon
Phantasy Star 2
Phantasy Star 3
Ristar
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic Spinball
T-Rex Memory Match
Yawning Triceratops
Sonic Spinball
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog II
Sonic 3D Blast
Sword of Varmilion
The Ooze
Vectorman
Vectorman II
Mortal Kombat I
Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat III
Adventure in the Park
Cross the Road
Jack’s Pea
Jewel Magic
Curling 2010
Plumbing Contest
Wall-Breaking
Bubble Master
Break a Fireline
Mahjong Solitaire
Warehouse Keeper
Chess
Memory
Snake
Air Hockey
Spider
Naval Power
Mr. Balls
Cannon
Fight or Lose
Bottle Taps Race
Bomber
Checker
Hexagonos
Whack-A-Wolf
Mirror Mirror
Panic Lift
Black Sheep
Flash Memory
Brain Switch
Mega Brain Switch
Hidden Agenda
Dominant Amber
Hide and Seek
Jura Formula
Lost World
Sudoku
Meatloaf Rotation